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New photo of Mercury


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Check out this new black-and-white photo of Mercury which was taken a few days ago by the joint European-Japanese BepiColombo space mission.

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Photo credit: ESA/BepiColombo/MTM (CC)

"The region shown is part of Mercury’s northern hemisphere including Sihtu Planitia that has been flooded by lavas. A round area smoother and brighter than its surroundings characterizes the plains around the Calvino crater, which are called the Rudaki Plains.The 166 km-wide Lermontov crater is also seen, which looks bright because it contains features unique to Mercury called ‘hollows’ where volatile elements are escaping to space. It also contains a vent where volcanic explosions have occurred. BepiColombo will study these types of features once in orbit around the planet."

Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system and the planet which is the closest to our sun. But this is not the first photos of Mercury. Back in 2011, NASA captured hundreds of photos of Mercury.

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Yeah! I just find these photos so fascinating. It’s so awesome that we can see photos from planets that are so far away from our own Earth. The vastness of space really does put things in perspective.

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